It’s lights up for residents of BM

2016-12-01 06:00
Councillor Monde Nqulwana, of Ward 89, visited the site for electricity conection at O.R Tambo TRA, near Mew Way Hall, Khayelitsha, on Thursday. Seen with him is Nosakhe Nzolisa, a resident. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Councillor Monde Nqulwana, of Ward 89, visited the site for electricity conection at O.R Tambo TRA, near Mew Way Hall, Khayelitsha, on Thursday. Seen with him is Nosakhe Nzolisa, a resident. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Shack fires will be anything but for residents of BM Section in Khayelitsha, after they have switched on to electricity.

And the festive season promises to be bright for past victims of fire, which seemed to have been a year end occurrence.

On Monday, Ward 89 Councillor Monde Nqulwana said he was thrilled with the progress so far in connecting the temporary structures of BM Section, which fell to fire in January 2013.

The electrification of the area started in September.

Nqulwana said the voltage was considerably low, so as to avoid causing fires, because they connection was made to corrugated structures.

“Some residents complained that the electricity is weak, but we cannot install very powerful electricity, because of the condition of the structures.

The power is 30 A, which is enough for a shack structure.

Residents will not be able to plug three appliances at the same time on this electricity. They must also avoid accumulating too much ice in their fridges, because that will consume too much electricity,” Nqulwana said.

He said the project, which is conducted by Eskom, started after marathon discussions and endless engagements with the City of Cape Town.

“The fire victims were accommodated temporarily, with the promise they would be relocated to a better place to settle permanently.”

“Through initiatives and engagements between us and Eskom, we managed to see the area receiving electrification,” he said.

Nosakhe Nzolisa, 39, a resident, said their lives have changed for the better.

“It is a life changing experience for us to switch electricity on.

We felt like we were living in farms, because we did not have electricity. We used gas stoves and gas is expensive and it does not last long. Gas is not even safe. We felt being abused by not having electricity here.

This is going to be a very nice Christmas for us,” Nzolisa said.

Nomvuyo Ncoko, Community Liaison Officer (CLO), also spoke highly of the project.

“The residents are very happy for the electricity.

They have been waiting for a long time to light electricity here. Robberies are high here because it is dark at night. We were really struggling,” Ncoko said.

There are over 130 structures in the area, which was established in 2013.

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